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September Panama Ocean Month. Oceans are a vital part of life on our planet. They regulate the weather, feed millions of people, produce oxygen, are the habitat of a stunning diversity and provide the vital water routes that cross them.
The Month of the Oceans is a national initiative held during the month of September, which seeks to raise awareness about the importance of caring for the sea and its biological resources and instill in the public good environmental and conservation practices through various activities
This year, in its twelfth edition, the national committee of the Month of the Oceans has prepared a series of activities to take place in different parts of the country. On Sunday, September 11 the third tournament for the Catching and Tasting of lionfish will be held in Portobelo, Costa Arriba, Colon. Lionfish are an invasive and voracious species that threatens the local ecosystem.
On Wednesday, September 14 at 9 a.m. a Community Forum of the Month of the Oceans will take place in Panama; later, on Friday, 16 the XXII Children’s Painting Competition of ProMar will be held in the City of Knowledge, with participation of exhibitors from Argentina, Peru. On Sunday, 18 the XXV Underwater Beach Clean Up in Guaira and Isla Grande will take place.
Other activities to encourage youth will take place in Veracruz, Panama West, on Wednesday, September 21 with the first Contest of School Murals.
One of the most anticipated activities of the month is the tenth Family Ocean, Day to be held in Punta Culebra Nature Center in Amador, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, 24; organized by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, this event will feature educational and recreational activities for all ages.
Also, on Sunday, September 25 the XXV Cleaning Day of Beaches, Coasts and Rivers will take place in order to heal and counteract the enormous damage caused by the waste humans throw into the oceans.The activities culminate on Friday, September 30 with the XII Oceans Forum,: “Beyond what we see” at the Smithsonian Institute, at 9 a.m. In addition, a film forum on the oceans will take place throughout the month at the Specialized University of the Americas.